Here is the last window in the series on the set of nine stained-glass windows from Saint Francis Xavier Church in Burbank, CA. This next window is The Resurrection. I hope you have enjoyed this series. The text that follows is from a booklet I wrote in 2000 and edited by Jim Fanning.
The entire Christian life begins and ends with the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. In this image, the Tree of Life sprouts from the leaping waves of water– our new baptismal life. All the sacred images of these windows are rooted in the Resurrection. Jesus’ life continues in us and the Church. The figure of Jesus is Resurrection, but also suggests the Ascension. The outstretched arms of Jesus hint at his death on the cross but are also a gesture of prayer, welcome and embrace, inviting us into eternal life. The entire Paschal Mystery is summed up in this figure of Jesus.
Icon: The empty icon reminds us of our future and the hope of continuing revelation of God. The empty icon is for all of us to fill in! See hope, all future is in the Resurrection promise of Jesus Christ!